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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 320 :: boarding – 44 days to go

17 Nov


{trust}  

There are 44 days left of The Promise 365! Tonight I celebrate boarding. 

I am boarding a plane… and it makes me think back to all the travel I have done over these past nine years. Tonight, I will be going somewhere new and old. The homeland. Germany. It’s a work trip but it’s a personal homecoming, to the place of my ancestry and my name: Esslingen.   

I will share the adventure with you and until then, as we take off, I am reminded of the lesson to try new things and go to new places. It opens the heart and the mind and it’s good for your soul!

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 320 :: tell your story – 46 days to go

15 Nov


{trust}  

There are 46 days left of The Promise 365! Tonight I celebrate stories.

I have to admit, I have had my doubts about stopping this blog and ending this wonderful, crazy, daily adventure. Even though I know, in every cell of my being, that this is near completion and it is time for a happy ending. But my mind questions things. Mabe because this blog is like a limb of mine. 

Which brings me to today. We visited the Louisa May Alcott house in Concord, Massachusetts. I was in awe of the brown, colonial home, preserved so sweetly I expected Louisa to walk into the parlor and greet us, herself. Instead, we had a lovely young docent who guided us through the home site. She shared stories of the Alcott family that I wasn’t aware of and the transcendentalist beliefs they honored (including educating women!). 

But it was Louisa and her story, Little Women, that brought the family wealth and stability. The family was friends with many great thinkers of the time and influenced by Emerson, Waldon, and even Nathaniel Hawthorne, of House of Seven Gables fame. Ironically, we just toured that house last weekend. 

What I didn’t know was that Hawthorne spoke of women authors disparagingly, calling them “ink-stained Amazons” who were “without a single exception, detestable,” even forbidding his daughter from writing. 

Despite this, Louisa wrote and hew work chronicling life in the Concord house was it’s own shot heard round the world. Her works created wealth for her family and literature dreams for many little girls to follow. 

Today, while we were walking through Louisa’s house, I heard her whispers in my head. “Tell your story,” she said. “Share your words and touch the souls of others.”

I believe that is what I have done over these past nine years, and I hope Louisa is proud.  There is part of me that finds comfort in knowing words never end and stories live forever. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 314 :: joy is messaging

12 Nov


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Tonight I had a psychic reading. I don’t talk about these things very often to too many people but I have to share tonight because of the JOY it brought me. 

Mostly, I received some amazing messages from my mother, aunts, uncles and deceased family members that are so dear to me. It’s a beautiful thing, to talk to someone who can share messages from others that I can no longer touch. 

Especially, when the message is proof of something only I would know. 
 

 
Connecting with my loved ones. This is what brings me joy. 

More tomorrow… 
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 351 :: christmas kindness

18 Dec
{rock star}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Last night, after spending days upon days in bed, I finally surfaced. I crawled out of that protective cocoon and faced the light of day. And the fact that I ran out of Gilmore Girls episodes…

Amidst it all, I also felt something new… Aches. All. Over. My body, bless its heart and soul, was done with being sick but still had some healing to do. I could barely move my shoulders with all the aches and pains and finally asked Justin if we had a heating pad… or something that could act like a heating pad. He’s good at finding things so whenever I need something I have learned to ask. To put Justin on the task.

He thought about it for a while and then, just when I thought he had forgotten he walked outside. In the mud and rain mind you. When he returned inside he had his hands full of rocks.

“What are those for?” I asked.
“For your back. I’m going to heat them up, like a hot rock massage.” He replied matter of factly.

Oh… My…  Love… he had me at hot rock massage. My most favorite spa treatment in the world. But could we do it at home?

Turns out, the answer is yes! Justin washed and heated the rocks and then placed them on my back. And then heated them up again for a second round. They weren’t perfect like the rocks I have had in spas … but it was perfectly timed.

It was so gloriously relaxing.
And he is so amazingly kind. A rock star in my book.

It’s times like these when I realize that for all the KINDNESS I have been trying to infuse into my life and others this year, all I really needed to do was open my eyes. Sometimes being kind is remembering to ask for help.

Because the helpers will show up.
Sometimes with rocks in their hands.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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Day 345: 12/12/12 rockin’ it and celebrating love and life

12 Dec

I am sitting upstairs.
Justin is downstairs.

And we are having a complete conversation as we text each other over Facebook.

Ahhh…. technology.
We are watching this incredible concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief: 12 12 12 concert

Except …I am upstairs working on my computer and multitasking. So we are sharing the experience through two separate floors and an internet connection.

But it’s like we are sitting right next to each other!
(I’ll even share some of our conversation, below.)

First….I want to share a little something I have for you.

I promised yesterday to share the inspiration behind my promise for 2013.

Rewind: My promise next year is to explore the power of Abundance. Which I will do through many ways, but my basic promise is give a GIFT away every single day for 365 days and blog about it.

The inspiration comes from Cami Walker’s wonderful book 29 Gifts. It’s an amazing story and the basis for what I think leads to true abundance — giving.

And…. one of my gifts next year is for you!

I’m announcing it here first.

It is The Promise Daily.

the promise daily, the promise 365

The Promise Daily will be a little inspiration and a kick in the pants! (In the most loving way.)

Because you have goals. And because technology makes it possible for us to keep each other accountable. So everyday as I post to this blog, I will also nudge you to stick to your goals.

All you have to do is sign up here.  It officially starts on January 1st, but you can sign up now.

Simple. Easy. Clear. My gift to you!

Because, as Alicia Keys just said to this crowd of over 2 billion people watching …

Celebrate love.
Celebrate life.

Lovemore,
Jamie

______
And, as promised…
Here’s a sampling of our texting conversation during the concert.
(It cracks me up)

Amazing stuff we are witnessing.

yes you must be LOVING this!
I love texting with you – it reminds me of when you were in Oregon and I was in Boston

Loving every minute, as a response to what I am doing.
You type faster.
Eddie is coming and I think it will be comfortably numb, pre-wish

is that a song?

Yes

or you state of being

Pink Floyd

comfortably numb — because you love this so much
Got it!

It’s happening

he just kissed eddie on the head
what is this song?

This is the song

comfortably numb

I am a genius

yes you are and that’s why i love you
I might post this on my blog tonight, it’s too funny
in a totally adorbale way
aha! he said it

Told you
Tsmin the lyrics, so he had too
It’s in
Spell correct, at least it got this right

Want to have a typing speed contest???
I WIN
But I don’t know any lyrics and can’t sing any songs
So you win there!

Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim sloooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

LOL
I am literally laughing out loud

I love you, I don’t know how to do the amodicons

emoticons

That’s a man hug

just do a ; then a – then a )
Yes — such a man hug. So awesome! Did you LOVE it???

Very much

Billy Joel is BALD
Did you see that?

So am I did you notice.
Adam sander

I love your bald head!
IT’s GORGEOUS!
Sandy screw ya, we’ll get through ya, cause we’re New Yorka’s
________

Day 344: so much can change in a year, so bring it on 2013!

11 Dec

Soooooo much can change in a year.

Take me for instance… today I ate a cookie!

cookie

A year ago I was wrestling with the sugar plum holidays trying to balance my no sugar ban.

But today I indulged in a cookie. A Red Velvet Crinkle Cookie from Panera.  (They remind me of the ones Mama Sling used to make.)

What a difference a year makes.

I am still focused on limiting my sugar. But I am now more loving and fearless in the ways I treat myself.

And, now I am getting ready for next year!

Which brings us to tonight.
I promised to share just exactly what I’m going to do in 2013.

But first.
Let’s review.

Year 1:  my promise was to take care of my head, heart, body and soul. 

If you were with me then, you watched me vow not to shop for clothes or shoes for one entire year and instead invest in my body and soul – and write about it every single day!

It was hard. And heartbreaking. And amazing!

I learned I was addicted to sugar and coffee and chocolate.
I found hope and help through clean food, cleanses, and Ayurvedic principles.
I learned to cook something that didn’t come out of a can.
I did yoga. A lot.
I went to the spa.
I tried a brazilian bikini wax — once. (OUCH!)

I didn’t buy any shoes or clothes (or underwear!)  for one entire year.

I found love.
Or love found me.

I learned that every ancient teaching and all new age thought are based on one simple concept.. LOVE.

So….

Year 2:   my promise was to be LOVEMORE+FEARLESS.

If you were with me when the year started you know I am (was) terrified of spiders and water.

You watched me swim with sharks off the shores of the Bahamas. (I lived to blog about it!)

You were right with me as I rafted down the Grand Canyon — and slept next to snakes and scorpions, without a tent, only a blanket of stars above my head (insert FEARLESS here).

If you’ve been following along this far (God Bless You) you also know that I publicly admitted my fears (trying to get pregnant) and greatest sadness (missing my dear Mama Sling).

You also know that we moved to house on top of the ocean. Well, practically. The waves come up under the house. (Oh, fearless soul!)

I’ve learned so much about myself.

Most important — I’ve learned there’s something amazing that happens when you forget about being perfect and focus on facing your fears.

You find courage.
And strength.
You start listening to that little voice inside yourself, instead everyone else’s around you.

You start selling tee-shirts. (What? Yes, Lovemore+Fearless Tees.)

More than anything YOU (I mean “I” of course) start facing the fact that growing older and growing up and facing a few wrinkles in the mirror ain’t all that bad after all.

And that bring us to…..

Year 3:  I chose abundance! 

January 1st approaches.
Which means it is time to triple down. Year Three. All in.

Next year my promise is to explore abundance.

Which includes:

  • The power of giving
  • The power of miracles
  • The exchange of energy

What does that mean?

I, Jamie Eslinger, promise to:

Give something away each and every single day in 2013 and blog about it.
It can be material or emotional, but it has to be a gift.

and…

I will delve into A Course In Miracles.

More on the inspiration behind those two tomorrow.

PLUS!
I hope you stick around to play with me some more and continue this journey.
I also hope you will join me, because….

I have something in store for you.
A very special GIFT that will be just for YOU, promise.

Which I will share…

Tomorrow.

Lovemore,
xo~Jamie

Day 354: are you making a commitment for 2012?

20 Dec

I woke up this morning to walk along the beach and see the sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico.

What woke me up at this early hour? I had a commitment to meet Debbie on the beach to film a portion of our year-end video.

It was so beautiful and serene I wondered, why don’t I do this more often?

The answer is pretty simple of course.  I don’t always have a reason to go, a person to meet, an appointment, a commitment to keep.

And, that is the secret sauce, isn’t it?  Commitment.

Whether it be working out, eating better, taking a break, or taking care of ourselves, sometimes all we need is a little commitment to push us over the “think about it” line and into the “just do it” arena.

Which kind of sums up my year.

With eleven days left (eleven days!!) I can hardly believe this year is almost over.  But, in my heart, I know the work has just begun.  Taking care of my head, heart, body and soul is really a life-long commitment.

It’s easy when the pressure is on, but how will it be when I take this public promise private?

It’s a good question.

That’s why I am officially re-upping The Promise 365 for 2012.  The rules will be different and my promise will change (which I will share with you soon!).

But, here’s what I love best — you can join me.

So, what do you want to do in 2012…
Eat better, do less, laugh more, watch the sunrise?

It’s a good question.

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